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Thinking Beyond Campus

Deaton and wife Anne will lead MU international institute.

Brady Deaton

During nine years as MU chancellor, Brady J. Deaton emphasized recruitment of high-caliber faculty, such as National Academy of Sciences member James A. Birchler. Deaton, shown next to Birchler’s corn research in the Sears Plant Growth Facility, will become executive director of the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development. Photo by Rob Hill.

Although Chancellor Brady J. Deaton will retire effective Nov. 15, he will remain involved at MU.

After some family time, Deaton will take up new duties as executive director of MU’s Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development, a think tank dedicated to strengthening the role of higher education institutions in international development, research, education and outreach. Through the institute, the Deatons hope to advance efforts toward global food security, good maternal and child health, adequate living standards and sustainability. He will continue as chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, to which President Barack Obama appointed him in 2011.

Growing up on a farm in rural Kentucky, Deaton credits the local 4-H Club for broadening his ambition. “It led me to an education that has brought me to this point,” Deaton told about 250 people at his retirement announcement June 12 in Jesse Hall.

Deaton, 70, joined MU as professor and chair of the agricultural economics department in 1989. He was appointed chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor in 1993, deputy chancellor in 1997 and provost in 1998. He has served as MU’s chancellor and chief executive officer since Oct. 4, 2004.

Deaton presided as chancellor during a period of dramatic reductions in state higher education funding. Yet under his leadership, MU completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign and experienced significant growth in enrollment and research funding.